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I’ve been eager to help, perhaps to the point of allowing myself to be taken advantage of, but also not allowing others to learn for themselves. That’s toxic.
Just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should.
At almost 38, I am starting to remind myself I can say no. And no is an OK answer. I do not have to justify or explain my choice.
Being a grandparent💕
After 62 years, I might just be getting the hang of this life thingy – but I could be wrong…
I am 58, and it appears I have retained my goofiness and shed some of my insecurities. I have also gained some insights and I am pretty comfortable in my own skin. I’m really just getting to know myself. Better late than never, I guess.
I am old enough to begin taking on more adult responsibilities so I can learn what the real world is like, but I am also young enough to continue exploring my identity and options for my future.
regardless of how I might feel, I will never complain about getting old.
I love being retired. The freedom to set my own schedule–or none at all–is a blessing.
At 68 I would say I’m much more relaxed about things. My experiences have (hopefully) taught me a thing or two but there is still lots to learn. Although I still work (I love my librarian job) I now put enjoying every aspect of my work (and life) over perfectionism. So what, if the collection is an infernal mess after a school class visit? As long as everybody had fun during their stay we’re good. Messes can be cleaned up (in the library and in life…everything is in constant flow, things always change). Like butterfly I have a chronic disease and like Kevin I am often in pain and even though I can not say that I am enjoying this more than if I had bypassed it, it has taught me to look for the happy moments, to be patient, to have compassion more often than not. When I can do and be those things I feel great joy.
Same as some of the joys from younger days, likely same as some of the ones I’ll have when I’m older. More acceptance of myself and others, less stressing out because I’m less apt to set unattainable goals.
Greatful more often for each moment. Able to not take my self so seriously. Enjoying where I am without feeling I need to build more or move forward. I can just be here, in this space.
Love your comment! “Enjoying where I am without the feeling I need to build more of move forward”. Yes, it is where I am getting to as well. I will retire in two weeks, I will keep your quote in mind! I thank you!
I am 73 and believe that I am wiser now. Not sure my children would agree but it suits me to believe it 😂 I am definitely more patient and tolerant and have learnt how to let things just be as they are (most of the time). I laugh more than I ever used to and I have accepted my life as it is. Many of my goals were frustrated by chronic illness but I can now look back on what I have accomplished and I feel content and happy.
Able to say “what a silly question that is”!
For me at 49, I’m incredibly grateful for my life and my healthy body. I can still do all of the things I like doing, and I know that my spiritual and physical practices are what keep me going. And I can ponder all I’ve experienced and look back now with no regrets. Even the times of depression, unhappiness, and a very toxic first marriage… I found my strength through it all, and they all led me to where I am right now. I’m glad I’ve learned to find the lessons in my experiences. I definitely didn’t understand that when I was younger, and a joy related to that is knowing younger people who are finding those lessons earlier than I did. I’m so happy for them! I appreciate and love myself, and I know that aging is a gift. Growing older used to scare me, but I’ve learned that life gets better if you allow it to and if you love yourself and do right for you and yours. It’s a good life!
I’m 53 … I belong to AARP, enjoy the discounts that organization provides, lol. My kids are grown, I enjoy family vacations and watching them grow as adults.
Good question:) Sunnypatti – Happy National Cheese Day!!
It’s also National Hug Your Cat Day too:)
Fat Sam and I aren’t yet on hugging terms but he will tolerate me to gently flip him on his back and cradle him “like a behbeh”
Two great reasons to celebrate!
Oh, I need to add some cheesy deliciousness to my day! Happy National Cheese Day AND Hug Your Cat Day. BC is in for lots of hugs since I’m off 🙂
My cats don’t like hugs but cuddles are appreciated. Passing up on the cheese but the cats will get some extra attention. They might like some cheese. 😉 Thanks for making me aware.
I have decades worth of good memories … great people and experiences, the gifts brought through ministry and time in nature in various places, and especially with family and longtime friends.
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